reply to post by Deetermined
Who baptized you?
An Evangelical Preacher who spent 14 months w me on intense Bible & theological studies. Weeks after the baptism, a Holy Divine Presence came over me
and entered into the top of my head, down to my feet, slaying my ego, instilling me with Third eye vision, Divine Love for all people,
Foresight/Foreknowledge, Ecstatic/Rapture, etc. I literally was like a newborn, having to relearn to function in society because of the empathy,
ecstacy, and ego slaying.
Jesus wasn't the only one to perform miracles and say that he and the Father are One.
Meister Eckhart. a Christian Mystic: "The eye with which I see God is the same with which God sees me. My eye and God's eye is one eye, and one
sight, and one knowledge, and one love."
On top of that there are various Sufi's who claimed Oneness w/ God, (Some who even got killed for saying so), same as Nondualists, Saints in
Hinduism, Taoism, and various other Mystical paths. If you Google "Theosis, Union with God, Oneness, Merge with the Absolute, Enlightenment, etc"
It's all describing the same thing under the auspices of different words/labels.
I originally would not really care for any of this, except that after receiving the Holy Spirit, there was created a fire and longing in my heart for
Union w/ God. So intense that I literally quit all my life's goals, pursuits, lusts, and other world activities(all of the ego) to find a way to the
Union ...which is a calling of the heart.
Considering that Christianity has all of it's blueprint's on Union, very cryptic, symbolic, and scattered because the Church's were again taken
over by Ego based Pharisees & Saducees in power hunger mode and would kill or imprison anyone who discussed these things, therefore I began to study
what the rest of the world's philosophies and religions had to say about God and Union.
What I found was shocking!!!! The same things that Jesus was talking about, same mystical experiences that Christian Saints & Mystics were talking
about, were Universalities amongst many of the world's religions and Philosophies. Not only that, but they are very precise and in depth blueprints
on how the ego operates, how the body operates, tips and techniques on self mastery, Grace, access to God.
In retrospect, what Jesus taught based in the NT is watered down beginner stuff which was cryptically said to the ignorant masses. For example when he
says "The Kingdom of Heaven is within" ...well the Buddhists are like scientists on going within and have thousands of manuals and blueprints on all
the various levels and depths that occur when One goes within.
Buddhism really isn't a religion. It's more so a science or Philosophy on Enlightenment and going within and urges you to see for yourself if what
they speak of is true. You can be a Christian and practice Buddhist precepts.
For example Jesus heals a cripple and tells him to "Take up your mat and sin no more." He's telling him don't sin anymore, implying that one can
reach a state of self mastery where a person no longer commits sin. Sure it's a hard core state, but in Buddhism they show you how to reach a high
level of Self mastery by explaining and giving practices where a person can directly experience that they are neither the Body nor the Ego/Mind ...the
very two aspects of a person that cause them to sin.
The lusts and animalism of the Body, influences the ego/mind, which itself operates in divisions and separatist thinking cause a HUGE veil of
ignorance that causes one to Sin. The real you is the Soul and you can operate from the Soul level, which gives self mastery and brings about God's
grace and empowerment to a person as well as an experience of Oneness w/ an Absolute Beingness
Instead, pretty much the majority of Westernize Christianity has become a head based, 1 hour a week sermon, without all the deeper aspects like
contemplation, meditation, philosophy, knowledge of self, psychology, all of which are necessary to reach Spiritual Enlightenment. That's why folks
are leaving the Church's in droves and Hard-lined based scientific militant based Atheism is beginning to increase.
The whole idea of OT God being a mean, spiteful, animal sacrifice blood thirsty being, ready to spill justice on all sinners and Non-Christians,
separate and somewhere out there, is still what most of Christianity has carried over from the OT, when in reality it's not like that. In reality,
everyone has access to God by going within and there is a specific way to go within and one can reach Union there with God.
We're all called to Enlightenment. We all come from God, and eventually will return to that. It's the next evolutionary step for the world to be
existing in Union, a perfect state devoid of the crap we see in the world (all caused by a false Ego & Body identity)